How Much Does It Cost To Build An In-ground Pool?

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If you are looking to build a swimming pool, you can either go for the in-ground variety, or the above ground model. For the purpose of this discussion, we are going to look at the cost of building an in-ground swimming pool. While it is possible to build the pool on your own if you are an experienced homeowner, it is generally advisable to hire a professional for best results. P.K Data estimates that it can cost you around $21,919 to build a 32 by 16 feet in-ground swimming pool, but that will depend on a number of factors.

Fiberglass, Vinyl, or Concrete?

Fiberglass pool packages come in four distinct categories: turnkey installation, basic installation, assisted installation, and self installation. Self installation packages usually include the pool shell, and are normally delivered to your home at your convenience. On average, this can save you $6,000 to $10,000, depending on how big the project is, and who is doing most of the work. The shell price is determined by the cost of delivery and the size of the pool. Generally:

  • Small size (approximately 27 ft. long and under) – $9k to $13k, without delivery
  • Medium size (28 to 34 ft) – $12k to $16k
  • Large (35 ft and above) – between $600 and $2,500

Concrete or gunite pools

Gunite is just a method of applying the concrete to the pool shell. The initial cost of installing fiberglass and concrete pools is not all that different. While it can cost you $50,000 – $100,000 for a turnkey gunite pool project, the disparity in price is in the cost of owning the swimming pool over time, and not in the initial cost.

Vinyl Liner pools

The best thing about this type of pools is their low initial cost, which is probably why they are still very popular in some parts of the U.S, despite losing substantial market share over the last five years. You can probably build your own vinyl liner pool for less than $20,000. Most pool builders normally offer base vinyl liner packages for $25,000 to $35,000, while turnkey vinyl packages typically go for about $35,000 to $55,000.

Additional costs and considerations

Chemicals

It can cost you about $95 per month for pH testing strips, chlorine, and other materials for your in-ground swimming pool.

Accessories

Your pool will need filters, ladders, and pumps to sustain it, as well as brushes and cleaning tools, covers, and vacuum assemblies. Many will also require thermometers, handrails, and even heaters. At best, these may cost you about $400, while at worst, they can easily reach into thousands of dollars.

For instance, a solar heating assembly can cost you approximately $5,000, but the requirements of the heater can end up consuming much more energy over the lifespan of the swimming pool. It is also required by law in several parts of the world that you include some sort of fencing and surrounding patio installation for your inground pool.

Bottom line

The cost of building an in-ground swimming pool varies from region to region, and even location. Before you fasten your safety belt and go shopping, you need to consider:

  • The initial cost of your in-ground pool and
  • The overall cost of owning the pool over its lifespan

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